Sometimes details make me so bored that I dread the thought of them. I’d rather know the forest than the trees. There is so much more to experience in a diverse forest than there is staring at a single tree.
However, I also find that I benefit from knowing details. Since I know all the side roads, I can get around traffic jams on major thoroughfares. To learn how to do this, I took my handy detailed map of my city with me all the time for my first year here. Now, this map lives in my head, where it is most useful.
I also have a detailed map in my mind that charts all the bones, joints, muscles, and energetic pathways of the human body. When I am working with clients, these details make themselves known in the new ways my hands find to access or treat a particular area of distress. My hands-on work continues to evolve and change with every session I offer, as I allow my intuition to explore the details of my linear mind, and express itself through my hands.
I have grown to love studying the details of anatomy. My ability to memorize details once felt like a strange and useless ability. I have come to appreciate this skill as my work has become a type of informed intuition that combines anatomical detail with intuition. This combination continues to deepen my bodywork practice and offer better results for my clients.